This is where there is a difference....to my ears at least.
Well that's a whole other debate, isn't it? I've still got much of my hardware. I use a Yamaha AN1x as my midi keyboard/controller. I've got an Emu Orbit, a BassStation Rack (analogue), Proteous 2000, Kork ER-1, all plugged into my soundcard and set as external Instruments in Cubase. I've also got this Vitalizer thingy, which is nice. Unfortunately none of it has NPPS technology. I sold my 24 ch Mixing desk ages ago cos it was taking up too much room, wasn't being used and I needed the money. My sampler (Yamaha 3000) just collects dust.